This week we feature the original Victorian hottie, Lord Byron. This guy was so smooth they had to create a new word just to describe him, “byronic.” While he was technically not alive in the Victorian era, he inspired many Victorian writers (Mr. Darcy, anyone?) and was a leading figure in the Romantic movement which persisted into the Victorian era. His emo-allure set an impossible example for generations of men after him. Thank you, Lord Byron, for being the original tall, dark, handsome, and brooding idol.